Khabib Nurmagomedov made a short and sweet appearance at the UFC 229 post-fight press conference, and while he did apologize for his actions, he also explained the reasoning behind them.
"First of all, I want to say sorry to athletic commission, Nevada, sorry to Vegas. This is not my best side,” Nurmagomedov said.
After Nurmagomedov submitted Conor McGregor in the fourth round to retain his lightweight crown in the UFC 229 headliner on Saturday, he jumped over the Octagon to attack McGregor’s teammate, Dillon Danis. That sparked a brawl in which a few of his teammates entered the cage to fight with McGregor.
The incident left a black mark on what is likely to be the UFC’s most watched event of 2018. However, Nurmagomedov pointed out that McGregor’s infamous bus attack in April should carry as much weight as what happened at the T-Mobile Arena. In fact, it might have been even more significant, as McGregor’s actions rendered Ray Borg and Michael Chiesa unable to fight at UFC 223.
"He talk about my religion, he talk about my country, he talk about my father, he come to Brooklyn and he broke bus,” Nurmagomedov said. “He almost kill a couple of people. Worry about this. Worry about this s—t. Why people talk about I jump over the cage? I don’t understand.”
Of course, McGregor is known for his trash talking and ability to get under the skin of his opponents. According to Nurmagomedov, that shouldn’t be acceptable in MMA.
“This is respect sport. This is not trash talking sport. I want to change this game. I don't want people talk shit about opponents, talk shit about his father, religion. You cannot talk about religion, nation, you cannot talk about this stuff. This for me is very important. I know my father is gonna smash me when I go home.